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Meet the staff

Team
Lead Coach
Co-Coach
Assistant Coach

Birth Yr 03/04

Michael Prunty

Tyler Oliver

Justin Oliver

Birth Yr 05

Casey Holm

Justin Oliver

Brian Chapman

Birth Yr 06

Tony Englund

Tyler Oliver

Stephen Reed

Birth Yr 07

Tony Englund

Qassim Ilmi

Matt Carlson

Birth Yr 08

Qassim Ilmi

Phil Walczak

Jake Smothers

Birth Yr 09

Jake Smothers

Alex Schnobrich

Joe DeMay

Birth Yr 10

Pre-ECNL

Joe DeMay

Alex Schnobrich

Soccer Stadium

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Playing Career:

2 State Cups Championships

Eastern Illinois University (D1) - 2 years

University of St. Thomas (D3) – 2 years

Final 4 before losing 2-1 to eventual national champion Tufts. His senior year the team went 22-2 before losing in the Elite 8 to National finalists North Park Univ. The two highest win totals in MIAC history were by those two UST teams winning 20 and 22 games.  

 

Coaching Career:

Gustavus Adolphus College – 2 years (First Assistant)

Upcoming fall - Associate Head Coach.

 

Education:

USSF B license Applicant

Master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration – Concordia-St Paul

Teams: 03/04 &  06

Tyler Oliver

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Playing Career:

Eastern Illinois University 2014-2016 D1

St Thomas 2017 D3

Louisville City FC 2018 preseason USL Championship

Kaw Valley FC 2018 USL L2

Minneapolis City 2018-2021 NPSL

 

Coaching Career:

Coaching St Croix 2015-2021

North St Paul HS 2018

Minnesota's Mr. Soccer and Gatorade Player of the Year, as well as an NSCAA All-American

St Olaf College 2019-Present

 

Licenses/Education:

USSF D & C License 

Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration Completed Fall 2021

Teams: 03/04 &  05

Justin Oliver

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Playing Career:

NJCAA - All American 

4th in the country in Scoring 

Thunder Trialist

 

Coaching Career:

Hudson Soccer Association - 2001-2004

St. Croix Soccer 2004-Present

North St. Paul Hs Head Coach 2007-2018

University of St. Thomas Assistant Coach 2016-2018

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Head Coach 2020 - Present 

 

License:

USSF B license 

Teams:
05

Casey Holm

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Playing Career:

Played at UW-Superior – earned 2013 WIAC Title – Inducted into Yellowjacket Hall of Fame 2019

NPSL player from 2014-18

Trained with the MNUFC. Also spent time with the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC and had received a contract offer from Sporting Kristina in Finland. 

 

Coaching Career:

Coaching at St Croix SC – 2 years

Coached at Blaine and Tonka United

 

Licenses/Education:

USSF C License

Teams:
05

Brian Chapman

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Coaching Career:

St. Croix ECNL Director

Coached in St. Croix 2008-Present

4 State Cup Champions (2009, 2015, 2017, 2019; USYS Regional Champions (2015); Coached the only MN boys team to go to the USYS National Tournament two years in a row (2015, 2016); #7, #6 Finishes at USYS National Championships (2015, 2016); teams finished #2 and #3 in USYS National League (2016, 2017); NPL Western Finals Champions (2021); NPL National Championship Final Four (2021).  

Director of Coaching for Burnsville/Woodbury

 

Licenses/Education:

USC Master Coach

 

Author of 15 books about coaching soccer; Inaugural Jeff Tipping Award Winner (2016).

Teams:
06 & 07

Tony Englund

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Playing Career:

St. Croix Soccer Club – 10 years

Stillwater Area High School – 4 years

University of St. Thomas – 2 years

Augsburg College – 2 years

Thunder Reserves – 2 years 

 

Coaching Career:

St. Croix Soccer Club Head Coach/Goalkeeper Head Training – 17 years

University of St. Thomas – Women’s Soccer GK Coach – 2 years

Stillwater Area High School Boys Soccer Assistant Head Coach – 11 years

St. Croix Preparatory Academy Boys Soccer Head Coach – 5 years

 

Licenses/Education:

USSF B

GK Diploma 1

Teams:
07 & GK Director

Matt Carlson

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Coaching Career:

Current Head Mens Coach @ Anoka-Ramsey College

Assistant Women's Coach @Hamline University 

Director Of Coaching @Bloomington United

Girls Soccer Coach @ Hill-Murray HS

ODP Coach @ MN Youth Soccer

Academy Scout @ Minnesota United Academy

 

License/Education:

USC National Premier Diploma

USC Director of Coaching Diploma

USSF C 

FAW C 

UEFA B (Finishing December) 

Teams:
07 & 08

Qassim Ilmi

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Playing Career:

Played at Regis University

All Conference

All Region

Ranked No.1 in the country

 

Captained MN United Reserves 2015 season

 

Coaching Career:

3 years Youth Director at Salvo Soccer Club

3 years staff coach for Rev Soccer Club

US Club Nationals Finalist U14 Girls

US Club Regional Finalist U14 Girls

US Club Regional Finalist U13 Girls

  

Licenses:

USSF - C License

United Soccer Coaches - National Youth Diploma

Teams:
07

Stephen Reed

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Playing Career:

Minnesota State University, Mankato

4 Year Varsity Starter at Prior Lake High School

Various Premier Teams 

 

Coaching Career:

St Croix Soccer Club Director

Former Rev Soccer Club Boys Director

Former Northern Lights Director of Development

State Cup Champion

MRL/National League Champion

Minnesota Cup Champions

US Club Regionals Champions

US Club National Cup Tournament 

  

Coaching License:

USSF C License

NSCAA Advanced National Diploma

Teams:
08

Phil Walczak

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Coaching Career:

St. Croix Soccer Club: 2005- Present

2009-2004 Boys Technical Director

Academy 1 Coach

Stillwater Area High School Boys Soccer: 2013- Present

5 Suburban East Conference Titles

4 Section 4AA Championships

3 State Final appearances

2 Class AA State Championships 

 

License/Education:

National D License

C License Candidate

Teams:
08 & 09

Jake Smothers

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Playing Career:

U13 - U19 St. Croix Soccer Club - 3x State Cup Champions

U-18 Shattuck St. Mary’s

University of St. Thomas – 1 year NCAA final four with UST.  1 year NCAA elite eight with UST.  4 year all MIAC player. 

 

Coaching Career:

6 years of coaching experience.  Club soccer and other coaching clinics.

 

License/Education:

NSCAA 11 v 11 licenses

Teams:
09 & 10

Alex Schnobrich

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Coaching Career:

Head Boys Coach Hubbard High School

Assistant Coach Youngstown State University

Head Girls Coach West Branch HS

Head Girls Coach Cardinal Mooney HS

Head Boys Coach Cardinal Mooney HS

Director of Soccer Operations Phoenix Soccer Club

ODP Region II Goalkeeper Staff

Associate Head Coach Purdue University Fort Wayne

Boys Director of Coaching Fort Wayne Sport Club

Girls Academy Director Shattuck-St.Mary’s

 

Licenses/Education:

US Soccer A Youth License Coach Educator

US Soccer Academy Director License

US Soccer A Youth License

US Soccer National Goalkeeper License

US Soccer Youth National License

Teams:
09 & 10

Joe DeMay

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Player Experience:

Professional Player - Mayas de Yucatan, Merida Yucatan, age 16, 1991-1992.

U17 National Tournament participant: State team of Merida Yucatan. 

Semiprofessional Player - Real Ermita, Merida Yucatan, 1992 - 1993.

Professional Player - Huracanes de Cozumel, Cozumel Quintana Roo 1994 - 1995

 

Coaching Experience:

Technical Director U13-19 St. Croix Soccer Club

Coach of 2008 Girls Academy St. Croix Soccer Club

Coach of 2010 Girls Academy St. Croix Soccer Club

Director of Youth Development MN Foot Tech

Technical Director MN Foot Tech

Olympic Development Program Evaluator (ODP).

Professional, dependable, and personable in charge of team needs and excellent

bilingual communications skills.

 

 

Soccer Education:

USSF A Candidate (only waiting on final assessment)

NSCAA Advance National Diploma

NSCAA course Team Preparation and Game Planning and Match

Analysis

NSCAA course Small Sided Games

NSCAA course Finishing and Coaching in the Final Third

NSCAA Goalkeeping course level 1

ECNL Specialist

Joaquin Izquierdo

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Playing Career:
Simpson College (IA) - 2000 to 2004
Coaching Career:
St. Croix Soccer Club - 2020 to Present
Concordia University - St. Paul - Assistant Coach - 2020 to Present
Minneapolis City 2 (UPSL) - Head Coach - 2020-2021
Coe College (IA) Head Women's Coach - 2017-2020
Iowa ODP - 2016 to 2020
Cedar River Soccer Association (IA) - Team Coach - 2016-17
Iowa Soccer Club - Assistant Director of Coaching / Team Coach - 2013-2016
Culver-Stockton College (MO) - Head Men's Coach - 2010-2012
Simpson College (IA)- Assistant Men's & Women's Coach - 2010
St. Ambrose University (IA) - Assistant Men's Coach - 2008-10
Littleton United (CO) - Team Coach - 2006-2008
Vision Soccer Academy (IA) - Team Coach 2004-2006
Education / Licenses:
Masters of Education - St. Ambrose University (2010)
United Soccer Coaches - Premier Diploma (2010)
UEFA C - Starting Fall 2021

Teams:
03/04

Michael Prunty